Grant Process

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, a signature event of the Denver Post Community Foundation, is committed to supporting the communities throughout the Rocky Mountains that host the Bike Tour.    Grants are made to qualified nonprofit organizations that focus on children and youth, health and wellness, homelessness and hunger. The Denver Post Community Foundation Grant Program will award a $3,000 grant supporting a local nonprofit agency in each Ride The Rockies host community.

Grant Making Focus Areas:

  • Children & Youth: All children should have the chance to succeed in life and opportunities to help them reach their full potential by being on track for success in the classroom and in life. Funding will focus mainly on out-of-school time programs that support the development of children and youth in the community, ages 5 – 18. Programs must be evidence-based and demonstrate positive outcomes in academic achievement and/or social and emotional development and show ongoing relationships with children/ youth beyond a one-time encounter. Programs must also focus on youth with barriers to success, serving at least 60% who qualify for free and reduced lunch or other low-income indicator.
  • Health & Wellness: Everyone deserves access to services that help them be healthy, including physical, behavioral and dental health care. Funding will focus on established programs providing access to affordable, high-quality health care services for low-income residents in underserved communities. Programs of interest include community health centers serving under and uninsured populations that provide integrated care and K-12 school-based health centers in schools where at least 60% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Organizations must be able to demonstrate positive health outcomes for clients in addition to other output measures.
  • Homelessness: The issue of homelessness persists in our community and providing housing and services is important in working to end homelessness and support families and individuals. This funding area supports prevention services and/or long-term housing strategies with multiple wrap-around services for individuals and families. Eligible programs include homelessness prevention programs that provide short-term financial support (i.e. rent, utilities, mortgage) to maintain current housing and supportive and transitional housing (six months or more) with additional supporting services. Programs must effectively demonstrate impact by tracking clients who are able to maintain housing and/or those who transition into and maintain more permanent and/or stable housing.
  • Hunger: Families and individuals deserve access to nutritious, supplemental food in order to meet their daily needs and to help support them in work and school. Funding priority is given to established providers with large-scale programs or initiatives that reduce food insecurity. Eligible organizations and programs must meet the following criteria: effectively use data to make organizational decisions; provide client-choice services; offer nutritious food options; work in geographic areas where gaps for and access to nutritional services exist; support enrollment in SNAP/benefit programs; and provide warm referrals to other community supports.

Application Process for 2019 Ride The Rockies Community Grants

    • Letter of Intent must include the following information and attachments:
      • Organization background: (600 words)
      • Clearly state the reason for the request, what guideline you are interested in and how the funds will be used (600 words)
      • Demographics and geographic area served (600 words)
      • Description of the organization’s most recent program impact (600 words)
      • Budget for entire organization for the fiscal year of the program or operating request
      • Program Budget for fiscal year of the program request (if you are asking for program support)
      • Year-to-date financial statements including a balance sheet and income statement
      • IRS Federal tax-exempt letter
    • It is highly recommended that you prepare your Letter of Intent on a word document prior to do the online form so you are prepared.  Please download this document  as a helpful tool.  It provides all the questions you will need to answer and  information you will need for your Letter of Intent.
    • Please submit the Letter of Intent via this link no later than Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:00pm
    • Eligible organizations/programs will:
      • Meet the specific grant making criteria in one funding area
      • Have active 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status (IRS letter dated within the last 5 years)
      • Demonstrate one full year of program services and financial reporting
      • Report strong measurable outcomes
      • Have clearly presented goals, objectives and strategies
      • Show sustainable and diversified funding streams
      • Demonstrate a solid, stable financial position
      • Serve vulnerable and low-income residents
    • Ineligible funding requests include:
      • Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
      • Public or private schools
      • Government agencies
      • Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grant making strategies
      • Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind
      • Other foundations or nonprofits that distribute money to recipients of its own selection
      •  Individuals
      • Religious organizations in support of religious programs
      • Research projects or programs
      • Influencing legislation or supporting candidates for political office
      • Start-up funding
    •  The Ride The Rockies Grant Committee will review the Letter of Intents submitted. A select number of nonprofit agencies will be asked to submit a full grant application.   This will occur Mid-April, 2019
    • Ride The Rockies uses on online application process that mirrors the Colorado Common Grant application questions and attachments. A link will be sent to organizations invited to apply.  Full Applications will be do on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 5pm.
    • Nonprofit agencies that will receive the 2019 Ride The Rockies Community Grants will be notified the 3rd week in May 2019.
    • Checks will be presented during the 2019 Ride The Rockies and awarded agencies will be required to attend check presentation
    • Nonprofit agencies will be responsible for submitting a report byMay 2020 highlighting how the funds were used.


Please direct all questions to [email protected] and the appropriate person will contact you as soon as possible.    Please no phone calls.